Things To Do

11 free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend - April 22-24

This weekend, Miami celebrates the outdoors with Earth Day and National Park Week events, poetry with a live showcase, and music with performances that include blues, old-time dancing, rock ‘n roll, classical, Latin jazz and hip hop folk rap. Best of all, most of the events listed here are free. 


Earth Day 

North Miami Beach and Palmetto Bay, on opposite ends of the county, will celebrate Earth Day in a big way with numerous free activities. At Palmetto Bay, this weekend’s events include a Saturday morning Bike-B-Que & Rodeo, a bike ride along Old Cutler Trail that ends with a barbecue lunch and music, and a Sunday morning Paddle Adventure, on the bay setting off from Thalatta Estate. Both are free, but registration online is suggested. At North Miami Beach’s Greynolds Park this Saturday, learn about sea turtle conservation programs, rent a canoe, listen to live music, try your aim at archery and more. 


Photo: Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald

National Park Week

National Park Week continues this weekend with free admission to any U.S. national park, including the Everglades right here in our backyard and the Dry Tortugas in Key West. (Biscayne is always free to enter.) The 7-day-long event is America’s largest celebration of national heritage, and you may want to take advantage of the events they’ll have for Earth Day on Friday.

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Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival 

Enjoy great barbecue and music at the fifth annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission is $8, with children 11 and younger free. Miami On The Cheap has a deal on its website, which cuts the admission to half price, but it ends soon so you will have to hurry.  Whether or not you snare the deal, it’s still a cheap way to have a good time. 


Dance at the Barnacle

On Sunday evening, have a blast from the past with Old Time Dances at the Barnacle in Coconut Grove. Spend the evening learning and dancing to traditional music from the late 1800s. Swing your partner, do-si-do and promenade.  There’s a pre-dance instruction, for those of you who may be out of step. Admission is $10 and children ages 9 and under are free. 


O, Miami’s Poetry Press Week

New works of poetry get showcased by poets in unique and inventive presentations at O, Miami’s Poetry Press Week’s first program on Friday evening. The event is free, but you must RSVP on their website. Expect cocktails, celebrations, poetry and a distinguished guest list of poetry publishers, including editors from American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Harvard Review and Buzzfeed Literary

Wallcast at NWC

Music galore 

There are so many free live musical performances in Miami this weekend that it’s hard to keep up, but we will. Click on the links for details: Classical string trio in downtown Miami, Live bands at Dolphin Mall, Symphony wallcast in Miami Beach, and Eddy Cruz in Hialeah. 

Broward County

Free live music events are also happening all over Broward County this weekend, including Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Hollywood, and Hallandale. Check out the list of events this weekend from Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. 

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